There are more than 100 types of joint diseases that make up the general term arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S. — that’s 1 in 5 people over the age of 18!
Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion. If you are looking for a way to find relief for your arthritis without taking another pill, try one of these pain relief techniques.
Benefits: Exercise may be the single most effective non-drug treatment you can do for your body. Although this may be the last thing on your mind, exercise is a key component to improving health and may be what you need to ease pain.
How-to: The Your Exercise Solution (YES) tool can help provide a personalized exercise plan. After logging in, you can identify where you have pain and choose an activity that is right for you. You can even learn how to modify exercises to perform them safely.
Some arthritis-friendly exercise videos can be found here.
Benefits: Scientific studies of people with various types of arthritis show that practicing yoga regularly can help reduce pain, increase your flexibility, help to lower stress, and promote better sleep. Additional studies show a decrease in pain and improved joint stiffness from yoga after classes have been taken once a week for eight weeks.
Benefits: On a physical level, meditation can help ease arthritis symptoms and help with pain management. On a mental level, meditation can help decrease anxiety and promote emotional stability.
Benefits: Research shows massage can provide a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis and can help reduce tension and stress.
How-to: You can learn more about which type of massage would be best for you.
Benefit: A 2005 study of overweight and obese adults with osteoarthrosis found that losing one pound of weight resulted in four pounds of pressure being removed from the knees. That means losing 10 pounds removes 40 pounds of pressure off of your knees!
How-to: If you find that managing your weight is a challenge, try these weight-loss resources.
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